The Parish and Marriage Resource Centre (PMRC) is an international organisation of lay Catholics, clergy and religious dedicated to providing innovative programs and resources for parishes and communities. At the heart of its activities are its insights into Matrimony, sexuality and lay empowerment.
Founded in 1978 by Fr Charles Gallagher S.J., well known for his leadership role in Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the PMRC has a long history of service to the Church. Established to help lead the Church into a deeper awareness and experience of the relational nature of the Catholic faith, it aims to invigorate parishes and communities primarily through the empowerment of the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Today, the PMRC is led by lay Catholics who have responded to the call of Pope John Paul II’s “new evangelization”. Its programs and resources span all stages of Catholic faith-life formation with a particular emphasis on the sacrament of Matrimony and sexual love.
The PMRC is active in a of number countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Philippines, New Zealand and Ireland. It was established in Australia in 1975. Currently PMRC Australia oversees several initiatives, including:
- PMRC (Australia) Inc: an incorporated association and a registered charity, recognised by the Attorney General’s Department as an organisation providing marriage relationship services in Australia under the Marriage Act. The Marriage Resource Centre, SmartLoving and CathFamily are initiatives of PMRC (Australia) Inc.
- LivingWell Media Pty Ltd: a not-for-profit organisation that supplies Catholic schools, parishes and bookstores with print and digital media
- Antioch: a Catholic youth group that offers the opportunity for adolescents to meet people with common values and expand their faith experience
- PMRC Relationship Education Foundation: a tax-deductible foundation providing funding to organisations and activities that promote marriage and relationship education to the wider community